DUANE EDDY – HAVE ‘TWANGY’ GUITAR WILL TRAVEL (LONDON HA-W 2160) 1958

“Rebel Rouser”

Duane Eddy & the Rebels produced by Lester Sill and Lee Hazlewood

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A studio filled with technicians and recording equipment . . . Musicians tuning their instruments adding to the already throbbing hum of activity . . . This is a recording session and these are the men and machines that make up the nucleus of a thriving industry.

But men and machines are not enough. There is something needed to add that all important spark: someone to lend that vital something necessary to make all this come to life: to give a vivid quality to what might otherwise be just another recording session. That someone, in this case, is a handsome, twenty year old, six footer named Duane Eddy and that something is his ‘twangy’ guitar.

We are in Phoenix, Arizona, Duane’s home town, waiting to record his first album, “Have ‘Twangy’ Guitar Will Travel”. For the prelude to all of this, we must go back to March of 1958 and the office of Jamie Records in Philadelphia where Lester Sill and Lee Hazlewood (independent record producers from the west coast) are in conference with Harry Finfer, Prexy of Jamie.

The subject of their conversation is a young guitar player and his recording of “Moovin’ ‘N Groovin'”. The answer is an enthusiastic “yes” and so the Duane Eddy sound makes its bow before the American public with significant success.

The winning team of Hazlewood and Sill produce Duane’s follow up to “Moovin’ ‘N Groovin'” and this time the name of Duane Eddy girdles the globe on the wings of an astonishingly original sound bearing the title of “Rebel Rouser”. “Rebel” is not only a smash hit in the U.S. and England but also becomes a number one instrumental in Europe.

With this it is apparent that the Duane Eddy star is in its ascendency. The star becomes a meteor when, appearing on the Dick Clark Show, Duane plays an encore.

The following day Jamie Records is flooded with calls asking about the encore number. There are over 150,000 advance orders for a record that has not yet been produced. Duane flies to Phoenix to record “Ramrod”, which becomes an immediate success.

In three tries he scores three hits. Can it be done again? “Cannon Ball” provides the answer to that question by exploding upon the record scene with all the force its namesake warrants.

In just four releases Duane Eddy accounts for more than two millions of record sales.

On personal appearance tours Duane plays to capacity houses. The Brooklyn Paramount draws throngs of Duane Eddy fans. The world famous Hollywood Bowl hosts a capacity crowd the night Duane headlines Dick Clark’s “Rock and Roll at the Hollywood Bowl”.

Now in the midst of an overpacked schedule of theatre dates and personal appearances Duane looks forward to a motion picture and the recording of his first LP. This brings us up to date . . . Here is Duane . . . There is the “Stand By” light . . . and here is the album.

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